I appreciate the legacy of strong, capable, intense and driven generations of women in my family, more than President Obama’s proclamation of March as national National Women’s Month. While I grasp the sentiment in a general sort of way, the glass ceiling with its ever expanding cracks is one of those things I’ve kinda taken for granted, and the times it has held me back I’ve chosen to ignore.
So instead of perpetuating my personal denial of anything having to do with women and politics and glass ceilings, I dedicate the next month’s posts to women who have inspired and influenced me. In preparing these posts, I have encountered a deep appreciation for the wide avenue I have the privilege of walking down, cleared by women who have gone before and blazed the trail.
A year ago, Erica Diamond of Women on the Fence wrote an inspiring piece about the Women of Action who had influenced her by their inner confidence, conviction and passion. Who inspires you? When you think of the women in your life, who springs to mind as one you would like to emulate?
I invite you to write in and tell me about the women who have inspired you. Family members, women in history, women in politics, the woman at the corner grocery, on the bus, at church or school or known only online – write a short paragraph describing the one woman you would pick as having great influence on your success as a woman, as a mother, as a person.
Tomorrow, I’ll showcase a guest author who is writing about what women who have most influenced her success. A generation earlier than mine, Arlene was born during the depression and was shaped by the “traditional female role of wife and mother”. Now nearly 80, she is an amazing woman in her own right who works as a hospice social worker and is partway through a PhD program. Can you tell Arlene inspires me? Check back tomorrow for who inspires Arlene!
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